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Defending a King His Life & Legacy Paperback – Dec 15 2011

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  • Paperback: 502 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Pub (Dec 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741470314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741470317
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 305 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #708,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

From that Day in 2009, Dr. Karen Moriarty has been immersed in the world of Michael Jackson. EVERYTHING had changed. It was a cataclysmic, life-transforming experience....

Now involved in Facebook and other social media, with nearly 20,000 followers – Michael Jackson fans – Dr. Moriarty has turned her full-time endeavor to defending and advancing Michael Jackson’s legacy all around the globe. She has become friends with some of the people who were closest to Michael. "My most cherished memory is giving my book about Michael to his daughter Paris in front of her father's childhood home in Gary, Indiana. She beamed a smile and promised to share it with Michael's beloved mother Katherine, Paris's grandmother and guardian. Wow! Such a thrilling and fulfilling event for me...."

Before 2009, Karen Moriarty worked as a teacher of English and writing, counselor, administrator, and consultant in public schools, a chief human resources officer, and a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. She earned advanced degrees, including her Doctorate, from Northern Illinois University.

Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy is an intimate and disclosing portrayal of Michael Jackson, with previously undisclosed information and unique insights regarding this "king of a man." Because his goodness was unknown and/or ignored before his passing, this volume needs to be affixed to the legacy of MJ's genius and his greatness. Dr. Moriarty leads her reader through the maze of stunningly bizarre circumstances in which Michael lived and struggled, through his private joys and sufferings as a real human being ... a transcendent man. Michael Jackson's last four years, mysterious and protected from public view, are now highlighted and explained in this probing, empathic, and straightforward portrayal. Readers will learn the real story....

Baby Richard: A Four-Year-Old Comes Home, published in 2003, was Dr. Moriarty's first book, written because it was "an epic story that had to be told."

Karen is married to Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, also a licensed clinical psychologist and former president of a community college and of a private graduate school.

A lifelong lover of all animals, Karen has traveled to many countries in pursuit of observing their native wildlife. Her “second home” is now Kenya, where she has embarked on photo safaris eight times since 2006. There Karen visits her adopted orphan elephant Panda, who resides at the Voi Stockade of the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. In Kenya, Maasai tribal elders have conferred on her the honor of being named “Nasha,” which means “blessing” in their native language.

Karen and Robert reside with their feline companion, Billy Gene, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Defending A King – His Life and Legacy by Dr. Karen Moriarty is an excellent book and a must read for any and all fans of Michael Jackson. Dr. Moriarty goes inside the defenders of Michael Jackson. Beginning with his arrival to America in December of 2006. Dr Moriarty was able to interview the bodyguards who were hired to defend Michael Jackson or as they referred to him as Mr. Jackson. They provide detailed information to Dr. Moriarty at detail of the extreme measures they protected Michael Jackson on a daily basis, and as time went on they gained his trust. Additionally, perhaps the greatest defender of Michael Jackson is that of attorney Thomas Mesereau whom Michael trusted in defending literally his life and freedoms. Mr. Mesereau defends Michael in 2005 in the child molestation case. Though a very arduous task, she is able provide insightful information as to what Mr. Mesereau and Susan Yu did to defend the life of Michael Jackson. Even in death, Michael still had to be defended. This time it is by David Walgren the prosecutor who tries Conrad Murray and wins. Being unemployed at the time, I was able to watch it and could not believe what I saw. However reading and reliving it in print, made me mad, angry at how neglectful (putting it mildly) Murray cared for Michael. Finally, she points out that Michaels life and legacy are his children: How he raised them with the care and love any proud father would care for his children and what they meant to him. He would do nothing to lose them. As a result, his children will use his example to carry on with their lives going forward and carry on his legacy that he built and created. Finally,the Legacy is the music he created will be a long and lasting to be shared for all of us to listen and remembered for a very long time.Read more ›
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Before I opened the 1st chapter, I read the forward and developed a respect for the author. I hoped the book wouldn't disappoint. I questioned Karen Moriarty's credentials and ability to convey accurate information. After further reading, it didn't matter. She took me on a journey that wrangled my emotions to the core of my own life purpose. I acquired numerous self revelations regarding my life as I read.

The author shared a prolific insight as to the life of a megastar. A life, draining the very core of their being from one who lives a life of stardom. A life degrading the very purpose of the star, due to the tabloid magazines nonstop delusion portrayed to the public. The author shows the greed and evil intent of many people. Karen Moriarty paints a picture that would make any rising star of today weary of any further pursuit of stardom.

There is a plethora of information inadvertently making me question my own path of altruistic abilities of contribution or lack thereof. It was refreshing to see Michael Jackson's life portrayed as humanitarian as opposed to demonized since he was cleared of any wrongdoing.

The author projected a unique style of writing, showing a poetic love toward Michael Jackson. Karen Moriarty has the ability to make me feel I was in the scene to which she was describing. I forgot the author was even there. This is a skill of the makings of a great author. I am so happy I read it, and my life will be better enriched because of it.

I want to recommend it to all of my friends and family or anyone who wants or needs to see the world in a greater light.
I recommend it to anyone who is looking for the real reason we are here.
I want to recommend it to anyone who wants to know their true purpose in life. The book does not disappoint.
Thank you Karen Moriarty for this wonderful experience.
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There's always a strand of Michael Jackson in all of the good works, there will always be books, films, documentaries, spoofs etc, even 50 years from now and beyond when most of us are gone, people will be dissecting Michael Jackson, the work that happens NOW is more important and heres why, future works won't have actual sources to talk to, Karen speaks with many real sources and tries to put the pieces together as best anyone can, but these are the works that will be left for the future generations, i spoke with a close friend of MJ recently and asked him about this book before i read it, he was right when he said " everything has a strand of Michael in it" sometimes less, sometimes more, if you are a fan you WILL learn at least 5 new things reading the book, or like me be reminded of something you forgot, in this case a huge detail i forgot and read in the book was how the Arviso's ( arse viso's ) claimed the molestation occurred after the Bashir film aired, After they filmed a glorious rebuttal, During a time when MJ took advice and distanced himself from them,. so read, read everything that has at least three real sources and you will learn something new, because one day all of the sources will be gone.
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A well written superb account of the most loving entertainer in the history of music. Although small in numbers, I am glad there are people here like Dr. Moriarty who can dispel anything bad about Michael Jackson. This book does just that. It gives personal perspectives people that knew him, worked with him, was a friend to him and loved him from a genuine point of view. Not some spin from the media or tabloid saying crazy untrue things about him. I strongly recommend this book for anyone searching for truth in knowing who Michael Jackson really is...and I mean this in the present tense. His body may not be here, but his legacy will forever be with us and this awesome read of Michael Jackson keeps that legacy alive and lets us know as fans, and those who just love the man himself, that there is hope in a desolate, weird world we live in. I keep this book near me because there are things written in this book that I have known about him for years but no one ever had the decency to bring it to light. Dr. Moriarty brings the good out in Michael Jackson as well as much more within the book. Every fan should have a copy!!
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